"Hidden history rises from the watery depths in all its glittering glory but also in its intimate, human detail. Meticulously researched, beautifully written, underpinned by timeless themes of personal trauma and its aftereffects, SURVIVING SAVANNAH is a journey readers and book clubs will treasure.” —Lisa Wingate, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS
Savannah history professor Everly Winthrop has been asked to curate a museum collection regarding the luxury steamship Pulaski. The Pulaski was known as the “Titanic of the South” and sank in 1838 after an explosion. Now, the shipwreck has been discovered almost 200 years later and Everly is looking forward to exploring the artifacts, history, mystery, and myths around the night of the tragic sinking.
Everly starts digging in and uncovers the story of a family of 11 who were on board the Pulaski during that fateful voyage. Everly focuses on two women from this family, a survivor named Augusta and her niece Lily, who, along with her child, was never found. Both women were a part of Savannah high society, but when the Pulaski exploded, they were left with heartbreaking choices, finding courage and bravery they didn’t know they had.
The book explores the strength of women, how one faces what comes after a tragedy, and the role that fate plays in life-changing events like this. This historical fiction tale is memorable and riveting.